I recently had the opportunity to go for a walk in the woods with my three year old daughter. It was a beautiful Autumn day in Minnesota and the temperature was abnormally high around 84 degrees. As we walked quietly in the woods observing nature and the sounds we heard I came across a path that split off to the side. The path veered off to the right and I could see that it dropped off fairly steep. I quickly made sure the little one did not run ahead of me as I feared that she would slip and fall down the steep hill. I then noticed a park bench that was right at the edge of the steep drop off so we sat down to rest and take in all the beauty of this gorgeous day. As I looked forward I realized that we could vaguely see a lake below and the beautiful reflection of the sky and trees in it. It was at this moment that I realized had we not take this path to the right we would have missed out on the beauty that we were now witnessing. So, we stood on top of the bench to take it all in before heading off to the original path that lie straight ahead of us. I should probably mention that the straight ahead path was pretty, but did not present us with any additional beauty from what we had already seen on that path to that point. In fact, that path became kind of mundane and lead us right back to the parking lot.
Each day we are presented with paths that may veer off from what we think is the straight and proper path. If we do not chose to take a chance and see what the other path has to offer then how will we know what else the world has in store for us? To some degree we chose our own destiny. I personally have always been a scientific based black or white kind of person, so it is hard for me to realize sometimes that things happen for a reason and new paths are presented to us to allow us to grow and learn.
The choice is up to you. Stay on the beaten path OR take a chance to see something new and write your own destiny!